Things to see and do in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon has been on the top of my list of places to visit every since I had a list. I had no good reason except for the fact when I thought of Portugal, I thought of Lisbon. The city was not at all what I expected.
Upon arriving it was clear that this was a real city and a melting pot of mixed cultures, from Germans to Bangladeshis. When we were in Porto, we were told not to visit Lisbon. We were told the people were rude and the city was dangerous. Perhaps there is some truth in this compared to Porto, but we felt safe and although the city did not live up to Porto’s above and beyond hospitality, but we found the people to be helpful.
Lisbon’s beauty is different and has no real post card view. In my opinion, the attraction is the people and atmosphere, making it a street photographers paradise. The the narrow chaotic streets that somehow manage to fit a tram, people, bicycles, buses, cars and cafe tables make it exciting and sometimes overwhelming.
Wine and Dine
I am sure there are countless great places to eat in Lisbon, but we could not get enough of the TimeOut Market. Time Out Market is like a really nice food court in a high end mall. Call us tourist, but how can you say no to reasonably priced food that is delicious. Time Out Magazine keeps this place top end with all the food you can imagine. Expect to pay between 10 – 15 Euros with a full belly. Throughout Portugal you’ll see Nata’s, a delicious pie like pastry made of thin dough and egg based cream center (I have eaten my weight in these). The original one was created just outside Lisbon’s Belem district. We just had to visit and see for ourselves if this was actually the best Nata in the world. Trust me, it is.
You won’ t have a difficult time finding a place to stay in Lisbon, it’s littered with Hostels and Hotels. We took the advise of a couple German expats we meet on the metro and stayed just outside the city center in Rossio. This saved us a bit of money and was a bit quieter to sleep, yet we were centralized making it easy to walk anywhere. The hostel we chose was We Love F Tourist (no typo). The staff here is extremely knowledgable of Lisbon and surrounding areas.
Like Porto, Lisbon runs off of the central transportation system. You charge one card, which works for all modes of transportation in the city. Read more here.